Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jesus invites each of us to share in his
mission in a special way
by Sister Jacqueline Capelle
God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. He
thought it would take three days to go through the city but on the
first day the people heard the message and followed it.
Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and called Simon,
Andrew, James and John to join him on his journey. These four
fishermen must have wondered where they were going with Jesus and
what He meant when He said, "You will be fishers of men."
Jesus invites you as He invited those in today's readings. To
what mission has He called you? Think of this! What a treasure
to receive this invitation to be a part of Jesus' mission and to
spread His word.
Take some time this week to hear clearly and journey forth to
carry the Word of God wherever you go.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Seeds vs. weeds: Which one is thriving in
your faith garden?
by Sister Mary Kabat
Are there changes you wish to make in your life -- exercise
regularly, eat healthier, improve a relationship, take more time
for prayer, read a good book? We all know there are changes
that would be good for us and we wonder why we just don't do
them. There are also things we are doing that we know would
be better for us not to do. They aren't necessarily hard
changes; we just don't do them.
That comes to mind as I reflect on the Gospel of this
Sunday. Jesus gives us three parables. Each one gives
us the opportunity to identify with something in the story or to
let the lesson sink into our heart and change us.
I am staying with the parable of the man who sowed good seed in
his field only to discover weeds growing with the wheat. I
can identify. There is "good seed" in me, but there are
"weeds" as well. The parable says that it could do more harm
than good to pull out all the weeds as the good seed is
growing. However, I think I could pull one or two of my weeds
and put a good seed in their place. I have a few weeds in
mind. Do you?
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Dishonest at first, the master's steward
makes right his wrongs
by Renae Bauer
Dishonest or clever?
That's the question we might ponder after reading Sunday's
Gospel, the parable of the "dishonest" steward. Here's a guy who
squanders what his master entrusted to him and then is praised by
the master for collecting only a portion of debts still owed by
several merchants. What is going on?
Let's focus on the last few verses where Jesus says, "The person
who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in
great ones." How does this relate to the dishonest steward?
One thing we can certainly say is that the steward made some bold
decisions when he lost his job. He contacted the master's
debtors and reworked their debts to reflect only the amount owed to
the master (forgoing the steward's commission).
Ah-ha. Facing a crisis, the steward moves heaven and earth to
return to the master what is his. Is he trustworthy in small
matters? The master thinks so.
- How can I be more resourceful with what God has entrusted to
- What more can I do to bring the Kingdom of God to others?
'Year of Faith'
Moral Life -- Applying the Fifth and Sixth
|DID YOU KNOW:
The first Three Commandments concern love and fidelity to God,
while the other seven speak of love and forgiveness of neighbor as
an expression of God's love.
Chapters 29 & 30, US Catholic Catechism for
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
You Shall Not Kill.
You Shall Not Commit Adultery.
The Fifth and Sixth Commandments call us to a love and respect
for all people. As Catholics, we are challenged to bring
these commandments to life by our witness of non-violence,
compassion and just treatment of others.
- How do our words and actions destroy or "kill" another person's
spirit, reputation, etc?
- What will you do this week to be a "life-giving" person?
- What does being "chaste" mean to you?
- What does it mean to be a "non-violent" person?
Friday, September 23, 2011
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
The Gospel for this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time is
the familiar story of the landowner who left his vineyard in the
hands of some tenants while he went on a journey. He turned
everything over to them. He had labored to prepare the land
by planting the vines, building a hedge around the vineyard and
constructing a wine press. He left with a dream that this
vineyard would produce much fruit.
The tenants had the obligation to care for what had been given
to them. However, they became greedy - they acted as if the
vineyard was theirs. They forgot that the vineyard and the
fruit it produced did not belong to them - they were simply
caretakers, stewards of what belonged to another. They let
selfishness control their lives.
Our God has entrusted us with a vineyard - with opportunities
and resources to help us bring about an abundance of good fruit -
peace, joy, compassion and love. How have we responded to
God's trust in us? How have we used the opportunities and
resources that God has given us to be joyful servants to
As we draw near to the Feast of St. Francis we know that he was
a true laborer in the vineyard of God's creation. Francis
celebrated life believing he was a caretaker for the Lord. With his
inspiration, may we remember that all good gifts come from our
God. May we cherish those gifts and produce the good fruits
our frail world needs.